A student wearing an AIDS red ribbon takes part in a World AIDS Day event in Beijing. China has reported more than 68,000 AIDS-related deaths as of the end of October, up nearly 20,000 from last year according to official figures released on November 29, Xinhua News Agency reported. Jason Lee/Reuters
Soldiers march during a military parade to celebrate Romania's National Day in central Bucharest. Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
Polar bear cubs Ganuk and Taiga sleep on their mother's back at the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec. They celebrated their first birthday today. Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
A laborer collects oranges at a wholesale fruit market in the eastern Indian city Siliguri. Food inflation has been in double digits for over three months. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
Rabbis inspect the set-up of a large Menorah in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, ahead of a ceremony later today marking the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Residents walk down a street destroyed by a car bomb that exploded in front of the police station in Vegalarga in Huila province, Colombia. At least one civilian died and ten others were injured after the car bomb was detonated by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,) rebel authorities said. Gerardo Villegas/Reuters
Contestants in the Miss Sevilla pageant participate in a presentation in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. The winner of the pageant, held on December 10 in Seville, will go on to compete in the Miss Spain beauty contest in 2011. Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
Inmates carry baskets of paddy rice during harvest season at a penal colony on Palawan Island, Philippines. Prisoners serving life sentences are allowed to farm and earn a living in penal colonies across the country. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
A Siberian tiger yawns at the St-Felicien Wildlife zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec. According to National Geographic, the wild population of Siberian tigers, also called Amur tigers, is estimated between 400 and 500 and is classified as an endangered species. Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
The Milad telecommunications tower and other buildings are shrouded in polluted air in Tehran, Iran. Heavy air pollution has forced Iranian authorities to close government offices and declare a two-day public holiday in the capital. Vahid Salemi/AP
A freerunner performs a stunt on a street lantern in Burggarten Park while it is snowing in Vienna. Lisi Niesner/Reuters
Fireworks light up the sky near the 120 feet-high Christmas tree display at the Baywalk in Palawan city, Philippines. The Philippines, the largest Roman Catholic state in Asia, observes one of the longest Christmas holidays in the world beginning with dawn masses on December 16. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
Traffic queues around the M25 in Kent as snow causes travel chaos in southern England. Heavy snow grounded all flights at Gatwick airport, while the worst early winter weather in almost two decades also caused severe delays on roads and rail lines up and down Britain. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
A flock of swans fly on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, where the air temperature at about minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
From the United States to Kazakhstan, many newly independent nations have built capital cities from scratch as a way to forge a new national identity. As Africa is finding out, it doesn't always work as intended.
When Morocco’s king visited South Sudan earlier this month, he inked a thick stack of “cooperation agreements” with the young country, promising the two nations would soon work together on everything from mining to fisheries to vocational training.